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Texas Bankruptcy Exemptions   TX Bankruptcy Exemptions

FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
All law references are to Texas Bankruptcy Code unless noted.

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Unlimited; property cannot exceed 1 acre in town, village, city or 100 acres (200 acres for families) elsewhere; sale proceeds exempt for 6 months after sale (need not occupy if not acquire another home, Property 41.003)

May file homestead declaration

Property 41.001, 41.002

 


Property 41.005

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Athletic and sporting equipment, including bicycles; 2 firearms; home furnishings, including family heirlooms; food; clothing; jewelry (not to exceed 25% of total exemption); 1 two-, three- or four wheeled motor vehicle per member of family or single adult who holds a driver’s license (or who operates vehicle for someone else who does not have a license); 2 horses, mules or donkeys and a saddle, blanket and bridle for each; 12 head of cattle; 60 head of other types of livestock; 120 fowl; and pets to $30,000 total ($60,000 for head of family)

Burial plots

Health aids

 Property 42.001, 42.002





 

 

 

Property 41.001

Property 42.001(b) (2)

INSURANCE

Church benefit plan benefits

Life, health, accident or annuity benefits or monies, including policy proceeds and cash values to be paid or rendered to beneficiary or insured

Life insurance present value if beneficiary is debtor or debtor’s dependent (see note under personal property)

Retired public school employees group insurance

Texas employee uniform group insurance

Texas state college or university employee benefits

1407a-6, 885.316
Insurance 21.22

Property 42.002(a) (12)


Insurance 3.50-4(11) (a)


3.50-4(11),1575.006

1551.011

Insurance 3.50-3(9) (a)

MISC.

Property of business partnership

6132b-25

PENSIONS

County & district employees


ERISA-qualified government or church benefits, including Keoghs and IRAs

Firefighters


IRAs to extent tax-deferred

Judges

Keoghs to extent tax-deferred

Law enforcement officers’ survivors


Municipal employees


Police officers


Retirement benefits to extent tax-deferred

State employees


Teachers

Government 811.005

Property 42.0021

6243e(5), 6243e.1(12),
6243e.2(12)

Property 42.0021

Government 811.005

Property 42.0021

6228f(8)

6243g, Government 811.005

6243d-1(17), 6243j(20),6243g-1(23B)

Property 42.0021

Government 811.005

Government 811.005

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Crime victims’ compensation

Medical assistance


Public assistance

Unemployment compensation

Workers’ compensation

8309-1(7) (f)

Hum. Res. 32.036

Hum. Res. 31.040

5221b-13

8308-4.07

TOOLS OF TRADE

Farming or ranching vehicles and implements

Tools, equipment (includes boat & motor vehicles) & books

Property 42.002(a) (3)

Property 42.002(a) (4)

WAGES

Earned but unpaid wages


Unpaid commissions to 75% (see personal property)

Property 42.001(b) (1)

Property 42.001(d)



Texas Bankruptcy Courts  Texas Bankruptcy Courts
See the list below for Texas Bankruptcy Courts by District. Click on the District link to go directly to that Bankruptcy Court's web site.

BANKRUPTCY COURTS NUMBER OF COPIES
Eastern District
Tyler
9th Floor
110 North College Ave
Tyler, Texas 75702
(903) 590-3200

Plano
Suite 300B
660 North Central Expressway
Plano, Texas 75074
(972) 509-1240

Beaumont
Suite 100
300 Willow Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
(409) 839-2617

contact clerks office
Northern District
Amarillo Division
624 S. Polk - Suite 100
Amarillo, TX 79101-2389
806.324.2302

Dallas Division
U.S. Courthouse, 12th Floor
Room 12A-24
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75242-1498
Telephone: (214) 767-0814

Fort Worth Division
501 W. 10th Street Room 147
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Telephone: (817) 978-3802

Lubbock Division
306 Federal Building
1205 Texas Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79401
Telephone: (806) 472-7336

San Angelo Division
306 Federal Building
1205 Texas Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79401-4002
Cases and Pleadings need to
be filed in Lubbock


contact clerks office
Southern District
Houston Division
P.O. Box 61010 (77208)
U.S. Courthouse
515 Rusk Street
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (713) 250-5500

Corpus Christi Division
615 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78476
Telephone: (512) 888-3207

Galveston Division
P.O. Box 2300
Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 766-3530

Laredo Division
Old Laredo Courthouse
1300 Matamoros
Laredo, TX 78042
(713) 250-5779

contact clerks office
Western District
San Antonio Division
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1439
San Antonio, Texas 78295-1439
Old Post Office Building
615 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Telephone: (210) 229-5187

Austin Division
903 San Jacinto, Ste. 322
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 916-5237

Midland Division
U.S. Post Office Annex
Room P-163
100 East Wall Street
Midland, Texas 79701
(432) 683-1650

Waco Division
800 Franklin Avenue
Suite 140
Waco, Texas 76701
(254) 750-1513

El Paso Division
8515 Lockheed
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 779-7362
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